Illustration Done Easy

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We’ve always wished that we were incredible illustrators. Alas the whole hand-eye coordination thing never really worked out. However, we have a nice, happy medium.

  1. Choose a clip you’d like to effect.
  2. Choose Effects > Video Filters > Stylize > Line Art. Whoa! Isn’t that cool? Your footage has instantly been transformed into a moving illustration!
  3. Load the clip into the Viewer and click on the Filters tab. Here you can adjust paper color and opacity, and ink color.
  4. You can also control threshold and smoothness to adjust what is included as a line and the blend between the lines and the paper.
  5. Use the Mix control to blend in your original image.


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Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.








CYA: The Autosave Vault

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Ever have a project go bad? A file get corrupted? Maybe the system crashed (OS X never crashes—it just has an undocumented close feature). Worse, you come back from lunch, and the client is standing over your editing system. “I just pushed a few buttons, really!”

It’s okay if the Autosave Vault feature is turned on. This great feature will back up your project automatically. You tell it how often to save, how many versions to save, and how many total projects can be archived. This is a great way to cover yourself against unexpected events.

If things ever go wrong, simply choose File > Restore Project.... This way you can quickly access time-stamped versions of your project. After restoring a project, immediately select the Save Project As command and revert to the original name. Otherwise, the Autosave Vault feature will start building a new project folder for the project with a name such as FCP Tips_08_12_08_0241.

Use this the next time a producer pulls a 180-degree turn on you and wants to go back three hours in time.



fcpbook

Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.








Get Dynamic with Interfaces

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One of the coolest features of Final Cut Pro is the dynamic resizing of the interface. You can now quickly adjust the size of windows using dynamic resizing. Clicking between two windows or at the intersection of multiple windows allows you to drag and resize all windows. You no longer have to resize one window at a time.

Need more space in the Timeline? Just grab the top edge, and pull upward. Want to see more in the Viewer? Grab the edge, and pull to the right. It’s simple to quickly change the size of a window and view exactly what you need.



fcpbook

Like this tip? It comes from the book
Final Cut Studio On the Spot from Focal Press.








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